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Honda have officially announced they will return to Formula One as an engine supplier to McLaren in the 2015 season.

Honda president and CEO Takanobu Ito said: “The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1.

“We have the greatest respect for the FIA’s decision to introduce these new regulations that are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that pursue environmental technologies and to Formula One Group, which has developed F1 into a high value, top car racing category supported by enthusiastic fans.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr Jean Todt, the President of FIA and to Mr Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Group who showed great understanding and cooperation to help realize our participation in F1 racing.”

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “Together during the eighties and nineties McLaren-Honda won 44 Grands Prix and eight world championships. In 1988 we created the most successful F1 car of all time, the all-conquering MP4-4, driven to victory 15 times out of 16 byAyrton Senna and Alain Prost.”

“Mclaren-Honda are about to embark on a new and extremely adventure together”, he added. “I’m delighted to welcome Honda back to the sport.”

Honda will return in the second year of F1′s new V6 turbo engine regulations. Whitmarsh’s described Honda’s experiencing building turbocharged engines as being “unequalled by any other car manufacturer currently competing in Formula 1.”

Honda last competed in F1 five years ago with their own team based at the Brackley factory in Northamptonshire which is now used by Mercedes.

Their last three-year stint as an F1 chassis builder and engine constructor yielded a win in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix which was followed by two years of conspicuous under-performance. Honda abruptly pulled the plug on its programme at the end of 2008.

Honda’s first foray into Formula One came with a full works programme between 1964 and 1968. During that time Richie Ginther won the Mexican Grand Prix for the team in 1965 and John Surtees added a second victory in Italy two years later. But the death of Jo Schlesser in one of their cars in 1968 led to their departure.

They returned as an engine supplier in 1983 and began an enormously successful period with Williams and McLaren during which time Honda-engined cars and their drivers won a total of 11 championships.

Following their departure at the end of 1992 they returned ten years later supplying engines to Jordan and BAR, the latter ultimately forming the basis for their short-lived team.

The deal to supply engines to McLaren from 2015 will mark an end to the team’s relationship with Mercedes, which began in 1995.

“It’s appropriate to recognise that until the end of 2014 we’ll maintain a full commitment to our existing and long-standing partner, Mercedes-Benz, for which we retain the utmost respect and with whom we intend to continue to work diligently and professionally,” Whitmarsh added.

“McLaren-Mercedes has so far won an incredible 78 grands prix and four world championships. We aim to cap our long-standing partnership with the same ambition and resolve with which we began it: namely, to keep winning.”

Motorsports Mondial

Image from the 2011 Calendar “Americana

Richie Ginther. Honda’s Hero. California native navigates the streets of Monte-Carlo. In 1965, close to home and down Mexico way, Ginther gave Honda their first Grand Prix win by scoring his first and only F1 victory.

This victory was also celebrated in Akron, Ohio, as it was first triumph for tire manufacturer Goodyear.

Ginther scored a point in his F1 debut by finishing sixth in his Ferrari in the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix. He was second to teammate Phil Hill at Monza. In 1963, driving for BRM he had five podium finishes and was third in the championship.

Other career highlights include second place finishes in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana with Hill, and in the 1960 Buenos Aires 1000km with Wolfgang von Trips. Ginther passed away in 1989 while vacationing in France.

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F1weekly podcast # 418

Malaysian Grand Prix

Shining Star of Red Bull. After two frustrating winless races from pole position, Sebastian Vettel started Sunday’s round three in Malaysia from the outside of front row, and said “Wiedersehn” to pole sitter and teammate Mark Webber at the first corner. And that was all she, “Luscious Liz” wrote.

Podium for Petronas. Shaded by the return of F1’s most successful driver ever, Nico Rosberg kept a low profile before the season began. Keke’s kid is now coming to his own and on Sunday delivered the first podium finish to the new Mercedes Grand Prix team. The “Silver Arrows” are shooting for the top.

Green, green grass of home. The British-green Lotus is Malaysian owned. Local driver Fairuz Fauzy got the opportunity to drive the Mike Gascoyne designed machine on Friday in front of home crowd.

— Nasir Hameed

Das regards from Kalifornia.

New teams



Alex Wurz has lodged an entry in the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship.

Robert Wickens takes the first round of the Formula 2 championship by storm.

Valentino Rossi ends his dominant run at Mugello with third place in the Italian GP.

Marcus Ericsson with his maiden victory in British F3, race two at Rockingham.

Kimi Raikkonen crashes out of the Rally della Marca in Italy.

Stay tuned to Motorsport Mondial in the upcoming podcast for more racing news.





Brawn is unstoppable.



Jenson Button continues his dream season by dominating the Monaco GP.

Rubens Barrichello once again finishes in second place behind Jenson.

Ferrari’s best finish of the season Kimi on the podium and Massa fourth.

A dreadful day for the BMW’s and Toyota completely fail to impress.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1h40:44.282
2. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 7.666
3. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 13.443
4. Massa Ferrari (B) + 15.110
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 15.730
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 33.586
7. Alonso Renault (B) + 37.839
8. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1:03.142
9. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1:05.040
10. Glock Toyota (B) + 1 lap
11. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap
12. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
13. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1 lap
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 2 laps

Fastest lap: Massa, 1:15.154

Jenson Button: began karting at age eight after his father bought him his first kart, and he made an extraordinarily successful start. He won all 34 races of the 1991 British Cadet Kart Championship along with the title.
Further successes followed, including three triumphs in the British Open Kart Championship. In 1997 he became the youngest driver ever to win the European Super A Championship and won the Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup as well, precipitating a move into car racing.
Aged 18, he contested the British Formula Ford Championship with Haywood Racing and won the title with nine race wins. He also triumphed in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, ahead of future Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
At the end of 1998 he won the annual McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award. His prize included a test in a McLaren Formula One car, which he received at the end of the following year.
Button entered Formula Three in 1999 with the Promatecme team. He won three times – at Thruxton, Pembrey and Silverstone – and finished the season as top rookie driver.

He was third overall in the championship, behind Marc Hynes and Luciano Burti, and finished fifth and second respectively in the Marlboro Masters and Macau Grand Prix (0.035s behind winner Darren Manning in the latter).
At the end of 1999 Button had his McLaren test prize at Silverstone, and also tested for the Prost team. A vacant race seat became available at the Williams team following the departure of Alex Zanardi, and team boss Frank Williams arranged a ‘shoot-out’ between Button and Formula 3000 racer Bruno Junqueira. Button won the seat.
He finished eighth in the 2000 Drivers’ Championship. At the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, he qualified 3rd and finished 4th. However, he made a number of rookie mistakes during the season, including crashing while under safety car conditions at Monza. He was outscored by his more experienced teammate, Ralf Schumacher.

In 2001, although still under contract with Williams, Button drove for Benetton which had just been purchased by Renault. He had a dismal season; the car, which was constantly under development that year, was never fast, nor was Button. He did, however, place fifth at the German Grand Prix, but finished a disappointing seventeenth in the drivers’ championship.

In 2002 Renault renamed Benetton as Renault F1. Though his teammate Jarno Trulli routinely outpaced him in qualifying, Button occasionally had the superior race pace. He narrowly missed third place (and his first podium) at the Malaysian Grand Prix, being passed by Michael Schumacher in the last lap due to a suspension failure in his Renault, and ultimately finished the race in fourth. The Brazilian Grand Prix gave him another fourth place, and he finished seventh in that year’s drivers championship.
For the 2003 season Renault team principal Flavio Briatore replaced Button with Fernando Alonso, previously test driver for the team. Despite a "huge outcry" Briatore stated "Time will tell if I am wrong." In 2005 Alonso won the Drivers’ Championship with Renault, while Button had yet to win a race and was involved in his second contract dispute in two years. The Times quoted Briatore as saying "Jenson is a fine driver but there were too many contracts, too many things in the background.

After his replacement at Renault, in early 2003 Button joined the BAR team, alongside former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. As the season progressed, Button gained the upper hand in qualifying and also enjoyed better luck in races. Button’s best result of the season was fourth place in Austria. However, he crashed heavily during Saturday practice in Monaco, causing him to miss both the race and the following testing session at Monza. By the end of the season, though, things were looking up, and at the 2003 United States Grand Prix Button led a lap for the first time. He finished ninth in the Drivers’ Championship that year with 17 points.

In 2004, Button and BAR-Honda made significant progress and BAR finished the season second in the Constructors’ Championship. Button scored his first ever podium finish with a third place in the Malaysian Grand Prix, and added 9 more throughout that season.
Button and BAR’s first pole position came in April at the 2004 San Marino Grand Prix, in which he finished second. He ended the season third overall, behind the two dominant Ferrari drivers, with 85 points.

Despite his success with BAR, on 5 August 2004 Button revealed he had signed for Williams for the next two years, sparking a controversial contract dispute. An apparent loophole in his BAR contract permitted him to leave if Honda’s commitment to the team was in any doubt.
BAR boss David Richards fought to keep his driver, though Frank Williams maintained that the switch was entirely legal. The FIA Contract Recognition Board (CRB) held a hearing on 16 October in Milan, Italy, to determine Button’s 2005 status, concluding that he was contracted to BAR-Honda for the 2005 season.

A poor start to the 2005 Formula One season included disqualification at the San Marino Grand Prix. Scrutineers found that the fuel system of the car ‘hid’ fuel, allowing the car to finish above minimum weight despite potentially being able to run lighter during the race. The adjudged contravention of the rules resulted in a two-race ban for the team, allowing him to make his television commentary debut, for ITV Sport in Monaco.

Button took the second pole position of his career at Montreal. However he started the race poorly, and crashed on lap 46 while in third place. Despite having to wait until the halfway point of the season to score his first World Championship point, things improved considerably towards the end of the year. After a fourth place finish at the 2005 French Grand Prix, Button placed himself second on the grid for his home grand prix at Silverstone. Unfortunately, another slow start saw him lose position, and poor race pace dropped him through the field to finish fifth.
Button has always gone well at the Hockenheim circuit, and 2005 was no exception. He qualified his BAR-Honda in second place for the 2005 German Grand Prix, and then went on to finish third, his first podium finish of the season.

In 2005 Button again found himself the subject of contractual controversy. Despite having signed a contract to drive for the Williams team for 2006 he judged the likely prospects for that team to have declined,[citation needed] as their engine suppliers BMW had purchased the Sauber team and were to stop supplying engines to Williams. Frank Williams was adamant that the contract must be honoured despite Button claiming that circumstances had changed and he had a right to remain at BAR.

On 21 September 2005, BAR confirmed that Button would once again drive for them in 2006 (having bought out his contract from Williams for a reported $30m,) where he would partner ex-Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello.

At the start of the 2006 Formula One season, BAR Honda were fully purchased by Honda and became a full works team, changing its name to the Honda Racing F1 Team

Button celebrating his first win on the podium at Hungary, alongside drivers Pedro de la Rosa (left) and Nick Heidfeld (right)
The 2006 season had both highs and lows – Button had a dismal race at home but took his first ever Grand Prix win in Hungary.
At the first round he scored five points with 4th place and finished on the podium in Malaysia. In Australia he qualified on pole but sustained an unfortuate Grand Prix after being overtaken on the run to the first corner by Alonso and Räikkönen. He was running 3rd in the race before his engine blew at the last corner on the last lap. He purposefully stopped short of the finish line to avoid an engine penalty.
The early part of the season proved difficult. At Monaco he qualified 14th and finished 11th. At his home race at Silverstone he qualified 19th after he lost time being weighed and his team failed to get him on track quickly enough. He spun off on lap eight due to an engine failure.

Button out-qualified his teammate Rubens Barrichello at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix
At the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix, Button managed to out-qualify his teammate for the first time since Imola. However, after battling with David Coulthard in 8th, Button got passed by him and lost his chance for a point. Another retirement occurred at the 2006 United States Grand Prix when Button was one of several drivers eliminated in a first lap collision.
At the French Grand Prix, Button retired once more due to an engine failure. Qualifying for the German Grand Prix, however, brought a ray of sunshine into the bleak performance of qualifying this season. After a slightly shaky Q1, where he, once again, got pulled into the weighbridge – Button managed to get onto the second row of the grid with P4. After running for a while during the race in a strong P3, Button eventually finished back in P4.

Button took the first win of his career in 2006 at a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix – the 113th Grand Prix start of his career. In doing so he overcame a 10-grid slot penalty for changing his engine (the second driver after Räikkönen to win a race despite this penalty), which meant he started 14th. The race was badly affected by heavy rain. Button passed a number of drivers in the early laps – including championship contender Michael Schumacher – and was up to fourth by lap 10. Following the retirement of leading drivers Kimi Räikkönen (accident) and Fernando Alonso (driveshaft failure) he went on to win the race by over 40 seconds from Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld. Alonso was behind Button on the racetrack when he retired, although Button still had one pitstop to make. Button’s win beats Nigel Mansell’s 1989 win from 12th on the grid at the Hungaroring. Button was the first British driver to win since David Coulthard in March 2003 and the first English F1 driver to win since Johnny Herbert won the European Grand Prix in 1999. His victory came 13 years after Damon Hill won his first F1 race at the same circuit. At the British Academy Television Awards 2007 Button’s first win at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix earned ITV1 a BAFTA under the category of ‘Best Sport’.

The Turkish Grand Prix held many expectations due to the previous race, and Button ended a strong 4th. The next three races, in Italy, China, and Japan all gave Button strong points positions with 4ths and 5ths. Over the last six races of the season, Button scored more points (35) than any other driver.

In 2007, Button again competed with the Honda Racing F1 team alongside Rubens Barrichello. He was unable to take part in winter testing, prior to the 2007 season because of two hairline fractures to his ribs, sustained in a karting incident in late 2006. Former British world champion Damon Hill aired doubts over Button’s hopes to be a championship contender at Honda over the coming season, saying, "if he is serious… he has to get himself in a car that is a championship contender." Alan Henry writing in The Guardian 2007 F1 season guide, predicted: "Button will win a couple more races but is not a title contender. He was proved to be wrong as the Honda car proved to be aerodynamically poor.
At the first race of the season in Australia, Button only managed to qualify 14th after handling problems. The race was no better as he endured considerable understeer throughout, was given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and finished 15th. The next two races in Malaysia and Bahrain were just as unsuccessful, Button finishing 12th behind team-mate Rubens Barrichello in Malaysia, and not even completing a lap in Bahrain after colliding with Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard at the first corner. At the French Grand Prix Button finished eighth, earning his and Honda’s first point of 2007.

Following the British Grand Prix, it was announced that Button would remain with Honda for 2008.
As Button’s place as the pre-eminent British driver in F1 was taken by Lewis Hamilton, former champion Nigel Mansell criticised Button, saying: "Jenson should have won more races, he has under-performed and that is down to him. He had the opportunity and he didn’t take it – there won’t be any more." Honda team boss Nick Fry defended his driver saying: "I would refute everything Nigel has said, and particularly I think his comments about Jenson’s reputation for partying are about five years out of date. People forget that Jenson made his F1 debut at the age of 20 – but he’s now 27. I’ve worked with him now for five years, and his increasing maturity and the way he changed his lifestyle is extremely noticeable.
Button made no secret of his frustration regarding his current situation. He described his 2007 season as "a total disaster", adding "I’m not going to hang around finishing 14th. He also described his car as "a complete dog".Button did, however, record several impressive outings towards the end of the season, especially when rain was prominent.

Jenson Button stayed with Honda for 2008 and continued to be partnered by Rubens Barrichello. He retired from the Australian Grand Prix on the first lap, and finished 10th at Malaysia. In Bahrain he retired after running into the rear of David Coulthard and taking off his front wing and damaging his underbody work. He scored his only points at the Spanish Grand Prix with 6th place. He then had three 11th place finishes in a row at the Turkish Grand Prix, Monaco Grand Prix, and Canadian Grand Prix. He was the only driver to retire at the French Grand Prix after losing his front wing, and also did not finish in the wet British Grand Prix in front of his home crowd, while his team mate, Rubens Barrichello, finished on the podium. The car proved as uncompetitive as Ross Brawn had said at the start of the season and although Button finished the remainder of the races, his best result from then on was ninth place at the Singapore Grand Prix, just outside the points. Nonetheless, he was optimistic, as he knew that Ross Brawn and the team were focusing on the next season.
On 5 December 2008, Honda announced that they were quitting F1, due to the global economic crisis. This left Button’s chances of a drive in 2009 dependent on the team finding a buyer.

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Honda says goodbye.


We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your unwavering support over the exciting and eventful years of the Honda racing F1 team’s history and wish you a fond farewell.

We will always have happy memories of podium celebrations and, of course, Jenson’s victory at Hungary in 2006. Thank you for sharing these moments with us, whether from the grandstands or at home.

Honda’s motor sport activities will continue in other categories and we hope you continue to enjoy the pursuit of the dreams that motor sport can inspire."

With our sincere best wishes,

Honda Racing F1 Team"

これまで長年にわたりHonda Racing F1 Team にご声援をいただき、心より御礼申し上げます。

2000年にF1レース活動を再開し、2006年から はワークスチームとして戦ってまいり ました。その年のハンガリーGPで、ジェンソン・ バトン選手が初勝利した瞬間 を、多くのファンの 皆様と喜びを分かち合えたことが最高の思い出と なりました。世界中の皆様からいただきました、 私たちへの熱い想いは決して忘れません。ありが とうございました。

しかしながらHondaのモータースポーツ活動での チャレンジは終わりません。私たち はこれからも 「夢と感動」を、多くの皆様に提供し続けたいと 考えております。

今後とも引き続きHondaへの声援をお願いいたし ます。

Honda Racing F1 Team"